[dropcap size=small]The Abominable Charles Christopher[/dropcap]
[dropcap size=small]Ms. Marvel[/dropcap]
[dropcap size=small]Gotham Academy[/dropcap]
[dropcap size=small]Black Widow[/dropcap]
This one I feel may be a bit controversial. Even Bob wasn’t crazy about this book! And I put it at number six! Above Afterlife with Archie? What? Yes, I did. Let me tell you why. Even though this book, so far, has not had a ton of stuff happen in it, as the story arcs have been a bit slow, it enraptured me to read it. I loved that the story is so centered on what Natasha does outside of the Avengers and really even what’s outside of her own side jobs. It’s about her everyday life and her relationships (or the lack thereof). I could stare at the art for hours on end and just be taken up into this world of espionage and sometimes mundane actions done by Marvel’s most mysterious character.
[dropcap size=small]Black Science[/dropcap]
Black Science is one of those rare books. It’s that book that you pick up, expecting it to be pretty good because it’s Rick Remender and the cover looks nice. Then you open the book. Wait, what? This is a comic book? If this list were about the most beautiful books of the year, Black Science would be right up there competing with Elektra and Black Widow. For myself, in regards to comics, Black Science is now the Science Fiction gold standard for all other Sci-Fi books. It’s sprawling narrative and dimension surfing scenery is almost unbelievable to behold. Remender’s ability to tell a story that is so epic in proportion and yet so personal in it’s character development is an achievement all in and of itself. This book is going to be talked about quite some time, and I love it.
[dropcap size=small]Afterlife with Archie[/dropcap]
My mom used to buy my Archie Comics when she would go grocery shopping. I loved them. I would read through them until the pages were so worn out, they ripped. So, when the podcast started talking about an Archie with zombies, I was so far beyond on board. I hadn’t read an Archie book in years, and now, I can’t put this one down. Guess who my favorite character was/is? It makes me sad every time I reread this series. I hope they do something about that. The Sabrina issue is by far one of the best comic issues of the year. This book is incredible.
[dropcap size=small]Alex + Ada[/dropcap]